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Taxi congestion at Copenhagen soon to be history

Copenhagen Airport is inviting tenders for a taxi management system for taxi rides it says are worth DKK 650 million (€87 million) over the next three years.

The gateway explains that in order to have room to continue to grow “the often very extensive" taxi congestion around the airport must be "alleviated".

The system it explains will ensure the taxi services required will continue to be available as the airport grows for the benefit of passengers, taxi drivers and taxicab owners.

Taxis pile ups outside terminals, car parks, car rentals and the airport's busiest road, Ellehammervej, it adds will soon be a thing of the past, and the system is similar to the ones in operation at Stockholm, Oslo, Frankfurt and Paris airports.

The system will be part of a tender for taxi services which all taxicab operators currently serving the airport are invited to participate in, while Copenhagen says there is every indication that this amount will grow in the years ahead.

In 2014 alone, the number of taxi rides to and from the airport has grown by 50,000.

Copenhagen Airport's head of passenger service, Marie-Louise Lotz, explains: “Copenhagen Airport is growing rapidly – on the runways, in the terminals and in the areas in front of the airport.

“In all probability, we will have more than 25 million travellers this year. More travellers’ means greater demand for taxis.

"Making room for this growth in future requires more than just expanding the airport. We need a far more modern taxi management system so that we can continue to meet the demand for taxis as traffic at the airport grows.”

According to a report from January prepared by the Taxi Council in the Capital Region, more than one in ten taxi rides in the metropolitan area is to or from the airport – a total of 1.35 million rides per year.

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